An innovative and engaging board game that helps frontline healthcare staff to minimise medication errors has been developed by Focus Games Ltd and City University London.
The Drug Round Game is helping healthcare staff and students to understand, recognise and reduce medication errors. If you’re prescribed medication, you assume you’ll get the right drug, the right dose at the right time. But mistakes do happen – The Drug Round Game is designed to minimise them. The majority of medication errors are avoidable, and by improving skills and confidence around administering drugs, patient safety can be improved.
The Drug Round Game is a face to face group learning activity where two teams compete to answer questions on a selection of topics including:
- Causes of medication errors
- Administering medication
- Medicines management
- Practical advice to minimise errors
- Drug Calculations
The face-to-face nature of the game allows players to share knowledge, experiences and best practice – something not offered by e-learning and classroom style teaching methods. It’s this collaboration and discussion that makes the game effective and allows players to learn.
When we’re younger we learn by playing, but when we grow up, we learn by staring at a screen or a textbook. Why did that seem like a good idea? Learning through play is fun and that’s why it’s effective. The Drug Round Game lets players enjoy an educational experience that delivers knowledge and confidence in a timely and cost effective way.
Professor Stan Newman, Dean, School of Health Sciences at City University London, said:
“Knowledge about drugs and when and how to use them is critical for patient well-being and safety. What better way for healthcare students to learn than by playing a game… Developed by staff in the School of Health Sciences, The Drug Round Game achieves the learning required in an enjoyable yet challenging way for students who end up with the knowledge they need to ensure patient safety.”
Tia Khan, from The Research & Enterprise Department at City said:
“In collaboration with Focus Games Ltd, The City Enterprise Office were pleased to help support and fund novel board games developed by our staff members… Their vision was to provide a simple but effective means of supporting front line medical staff with drug calculation and patient safety practice in a fun and safe environment. The board game helps to practice and refresh skills.